Alternate Cantrips in 5th edition (Guest post by William C. Pfaff)

My man Brian Fitzpatrick is seeking some balance between 5E (and 4E’s) at-will damaging cantrips and the poor wizard of yesteryear who would cast sleep and then beg the party to do the same so he could get his lone spell back. I gave this some serious thought and then realized the answer may be…

Revisiting the Past: Trap Detection, Part 2

Last time we talked about three different approaches to detecting traps in a gaming scenario. The Bull in the China Shop, Analysis Paralysis, and the Middle Ground. You can read that post here… In this post, I want to talk a bit more about game mechanics and how traps are handled in Mazes & Perils…

Revisiting the Past: Trap Detection, Part 1

As I’ve gone through the process of revisiting my Old School gaming roots with D&D through Mazes & Perils, I have had to re-examine the art of trap detection. And yes, there is an art to it. Let’s start with the three main methods of trap detection that transcend rules systems entirely: Bull in the…

Free Randomness, Part 1

You’re the GM doing prep for your next session. You have it all together. Maps. Broad strokes of the plot. But somehow you find yourself stuck when you try to come up with the little details – the glue to pull everything together. What do you do then? Panic? Meditate? Call an emergency meeting? Or…

First RPG Gamemastered – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 2

The second day of the #RPGaDAY effort is about “First RPG Gamemastered.” After yesterday’s post, I’ll give you one guess which RPG was my first attempt at being a game master… Dungeons and Dragons. Shocking, I know. Honestly I don’t remember much about those early attempts at dungeon mastering in junior high. It wasn’t until much later…

Creature Creation 101

For some reason, I’ve had creature creation on the brain of late. It started out as pondering a way of randomizing mutations and morphed into something better… Every world has its distinct flora and fauna. We’re still discovering new species of plants and animals all around the world and you have to wonder what sorts…

Time for some magic mushrooms?

When your heroes are out in the wild and they run out of food, what do they eat? Maybe they are lost and alone. Maybe bandits or goblins stole all their supplies from camp while they were out exploring. Who knows? As a GM, I thought it might be fun to come up with some…

The Hole: Deep and Dark

“What’s in the hole?” is a bit of a loaded question, isn’t it? It could mean anything. (This is my first post this month for the June 2014 RPG Blog Carnival topic – “What’s in the hole?” – hosted right here at Moebius Adventures. Be sure to check out some of the other entries so…

Three Wee Beasties

While doing some free writing last week, I came up with these three wee beasties. Would you like to know more? (Tiny/Feathers/Water/Active/Active/Aggressive) The banderkeet is a flightless bird who hunt along the coast. These unassuming birds will attack and take down much larger prey. Short lifespans lead them to take great risks to feed their…

What’s in the hole? (June 2014 RPG Blog Carnival Kick-off)

For as long as there have been PCs, there have been holes for them to poke around in — from the tiny holes requiring tiny tools to the big holes leading to entire unexplored worlds. But what makes each of them so inexplicably appealing? Is it the placement? The size? The shape? The ambiance? During…

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